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WNBA playoffs 2022: Complete schedule, results, news and highlights

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Gray delivers back-to-back clutch buckets for the Aces (1:13)

Chelsea Gray has ice in her veins as she sinks buckets on back-to-back possessions for the Aces. (1:13)

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The top-seeded Las Vegas Aces are headed to the WNBA Finals after eliminating the No. 4 seed Seattle Storm 3-1 on Tuesday in the 2022 WNBA playoffs.

Chelsea Gray had 31 points and 10 assists -- the first such game in WNBA playoff history, according to ESPN Stats & Information -- to lead the Aces, and A'ja Wilson added 23 points and 13 rebounds -- her second double-double in the semifinals -- in a 97-92 victory in Seattle.

Las Vegas' return to the Finals -- the Aces lost to Seattle in the 2020 championship series -- ended the legendary WNBA career of Sue Bird, who retired after four titles and 19 seasons in the league. Also in the loss, Breanna Stewart's career-high 42 points tied Angel McCoughtry for the most ever in a WNBA playoff game.

The WNBA Finals tip off Sunday, but first, the Chicago Sky host the Connecticut Sun on Thursday (8 p.m. ET, ESPN2) in a decisive Game 5 of the other semifinal series. The Sun steamrolled the defending champion 104-80 on Tuesday.

The Sun's 24-point margin of victory marked the largest win in WNBA history to force a Game 5, according to ESPN Stats & Info, and the third such win of at least 20 points. Each of the two previous teams to do that went on to win the decisive game.

The semifinals and WNBA Finals are best-of-five series. Both rounds follow a 2-2-1 format, wherein the higher seed hosts Games 1, 2 and 5 and the lower-seeded team will host Games 3 and 4.

Here's all the info you need for each semifinal matchup, including news and series-by-series analysis.

Navigate to each round: First Round | Semifinals

SEMIFINALS

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Breanna Stewart shows out in a big way with 26 1st-half points

Breanna Stewart shows out in the first half for the Storm as she scores 26 points while also going 5-for-5 from 3-point land.

(1) Las Vegas Aces defeat (4) Seattle Storm, 3-1

Game 1: Seattle 76, at Las Vegas 73
Game 2: At Las Vegas 78, Seattle 73
Game 3: Las Vegas 110, at Seattle 98, OT
Game 4: Las Vegas 97, at Seattle 92


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Sims poses after knocking down quarter-ending buzzer-beater

Odyssey Sims poses and stares into the crowd after she gets the steal and pulls up to knock down the buzzer-beating shot to end the third quarter.

(3) Connecticut Sun defeats (2) Chicago Sky, 3-2

Game 1: Connecticut 68, at Chicago 63
Game 2: At Chicago 85, Connecticut 77
Game 3: Chicago 76, at Connecticut 72
Game 4: At Connecticut 104, Chicago 80
Game 5: Connecticut 72, Chicago 63

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Semifinals preview

FIRST ROUND

(1) Las Vegas Aces defeat (8) Phoenix Mercury, 2-0

Game 1: At Las Vegas 79, Phoenix 63
Game 2: At Las Vegas 117, Phoenix 80


(2) Chicago Sky defeat (7) New York Liberty, 2-1

Game 1: New York 98, at Chicago 91
Game 2: At Chicago 100, New York 62
Game 3: Chicago 90, at New York 72


(3) Connecticut Sun vs. (6) Dallas Wings

Game 1: At Connecticut 93, Dallas 68
Game 2: Dallas 89, at Connecticut 79
Game 3: Connecticut 73, at Dallas 58


(4) Seattle Storm defeat (5) Washington Mystics, 2-0

Game 1: At Seattle 86, Washington 83
Game 2: At Seattle 97, Washington 84